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Pixel circuit, display device, driving method of pixel circuit, and driving method of display device
8552939 Pixel circuit, display device, driving method of pixel circuit, and driving method of display device
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Inventor: Uchino, et al.
Date Issued: October 8, 2013
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Assignee:
Primary Examiner: Pervan; Michael
Assistant Examiner:
Attorney Or Agent: Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC
U.S. Class: 345/78; 345/82; 345/84
Field Of Search: 345/76; 345/77; 345/78; 345/79; 345/80; 345/81; 345/82; 345/83; 345/87; 345/88; 345/89; 345/90; 345/91; 345/92; 345/93; 345/94; 345/95; 345/96; 345/97; 345/98; 345/99; 345/100; 345/101; 345/102; 345/103; 345/104
International Class: G09G 3/30
U.S Patent Documents:
Foreign Patent Documents: WO-98/40871
Other References: Japanese Office Action issued Sep. 28, 2010 for corresponding Japanese Application No. 2004-215056. cited by applicant.
Japanese Office Action issue Sep. 28, 2010 for corresponding Japanese Application No. 2004-198056. cited by applicant.









Abstract: A pixel circuit, disposed at a part where a scanning line and a signal line intersect each other, includes at least an electrooptic element, a drive transistor, a sampling transistor, and a retaining capacitance. The drive transistor has a gate connected to an input node, a source connected to an output node, and a drain connected to a predetermined power supply potential and supplies a driving current to the electrooptic element according to a signal potential retained in the retaining capacitance. The electrooptic element has one terminal connected to the output node and another terminal connected to a predetermined potential. The sampling transistor is connected between the input node and the signal line and operates when selected by the scanning line, samples an input signal from the signal line, and retains the input signal in the retaining capacitance. The retaining capacitance is connected to the input node. The pixel circuit further includes a compensating circuit which detects a decrease in the driving current from a side of the output node and feeds back a result of detection to a side of the input node to compensate for a decrease in the driving current, which decrease is attendant on a secular change of the drive transistor.
Claim: What is claimed is:

1. A pixel circuit disposed at a part where a scanning line and a signal line intersect each other, said pixel circuit comprising at least: an electrooptic element; a drivetransistor; a sampling transistor; a retaining capacitance; said drive transistor having a gate connected to an input node, a source connected to an output node, and a drain connected to a predetermined power supply potential; said electroopticelement having one terminal connected to said output node and another terminal connected to a predetermined potential; said sampling transistor being connected between said input node and said signal line; said retaining capacitance being connected tosaid input node; said sampling transistor operating when selected by said scanning line, sampling an input signal from said signal line, and retaining the input signal in said retaining capacitance; said drive transistor supplying a driving current tosaid electrooptic element according to a signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance; and a compensating circuit configured to compensate for a decrease in a magnitude of the driving current that is generated by the drive transistor for agiven input signal, the decrease being caused by a secular change of said drive transistor; said compensating circuit including: a detecting section configured to accumulate charge carried by said driving current for a certain period of time and tooutput a detection potential corresponding to an amount of charge accumulated, and a feedback section configured to obtain a difference by comparing a magnitude of said input signal with a magnitude of said detection potential and to add a potentialcorresponding to said difference to said signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance.

2. The pixel circuit as claimed in claim 1, wherein said compensating circuit includes: a switching transistor inserted between said output node and said electrooptic element; another switching transistor connected to said output node; adetecting capacitance connected between said switching transistor connected to said output node and a predetermined ground potential; a feedback capacitance connected between said output node and a predetermined intermediate node; a switchingtransistor inserted between said intermediate node and said signal line; a switching transistor inserted between a terminal node connected to one terminal of said retaining capacitance and the predetermined ground potential; a switching transistorinserted between said terminal node and said output node; and a switching transistor inserted between said terminal node and said intermediate node.

3. A display device comprising: scanning lines arranged in rows; signal lines arranged in columns; and pixel circuits arranged in a form of a matrix at parts where said scanning lines intersect said signal lines; said pixel circuits eachincluding at least an electrooptic element, a drive transistor, a sampling transistor, and a retaining capacitance; said drive transistor having a gate connected to an input node, a source connected to an output node, and a drain connected to apredetermined power supply potential; said electrooptic element having one terminal connected to said output node and another terminal connected to a predetermined potential; said sampling transistor being connected between said input node and saidsignal line; said retaining capacitance being connected to said input node; said sampling transistor operating when selected by said scanning line, sampling an input signal from said signal line, and retaining the input signal in said retainingcapacitance; said drive transistor supplying a driving current to said electrooptic element according to a signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance, whereby display is made; said pixel circuits each further including a compensatingcircuit configured to compensate for a decrease in the magnitude of the driving current that is generated by the drive transistor for a given input signal, the decrease being caused by a secular change of said drive transistor; said compensating circuitincluding: a detecting section configured to accumulate charge carried by said driving current for a certain period of time and to output a detection potential corresponding to an amount of charge accumulated, and a feedback section configured to obtaina difference by comparing a magnitude of said input signal with a magnitude of said detection potential and to add a potential corresponding to said difference to said signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance.

4. The display device as claimed in claim 3, wherein said compensating circuit includes: a switching transistor inserted between said output node and said electrooptic element; another switching transistor connected to said output node; adetecting capacitance connected between said switching transistor connected to said output node and a predetermined ground potential; a feedback capacitance connected between said output node and a predetermined intermediate node; a switchingtransistor inserted between said intermediate node and said signal line; a switching transistor inserted between a terminal node connected to one terminal of said retaining capacitance and the predetermined ground potential; a switching transistorinserted between said terminal node and said output node; and a switching transistor inserted between said terminal node and said intermediate node.

5. A driving method of a pixel circuit disposed at a part where a scanning line and a signal line intersect each other, said pixel circuit including at least an electrooptic element, a drive transistor, a sampling transistor, and a retainingcapacitance, said drive transistor having a gate connected to an input node, a source connected to an output node, and a drain connected to a predetermined power supply potential, said electrooptic element having one terminal connected to said outputnode and another terminal connected to a predetermined potential, said sampling transistor being connected between said input node and said signal line, said retaining capacitance being connected to said input node, said driving method comprising thesteps of: said sampling transistor operating when selected by said scanning line, sampling an input signal from said signal line, and retaining the input signal in said retaining capacitance; said drive transistor supplying a driving current to saidelectrooptic element according to a signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance; performing a compensation operation that compensates for a decrease in the magnitude of the driving current that is generated by the drive transistor for agiven input signal, the decrease being caused by a secular change of said drive transistor, said compensating operation comprising: accumulating charge carried by said driving current for a certain period of time and obtaining a detection potentialcorresponding to an amount of charge accumulated; and obtaining a difference by comparing a magnitude of said input signal with a magnitude of said detection potential and adding a potential corresponding to said difference to said signal potentialretained in said retaining capacitance.

6. A driving method of a display device, said display device including scanning lines in a form of rows, signal lines in a form of columns, and pixel circuits arranged in a form of a matrix at parts where said scanning lines intersect saidsignal lines, said pixel circuits each including at least an electrooptic element, a drive transistor, a sampling transistor, and a retaining capacitance, said drive transistor having a gate connected to an input node, a source connected to an outputnode, and a drain connected to a predetermined power supply potential, said electrooptic element having one terminal connected to said output node and another terminal connected to a predetermined potential, said sampling transistor being connectedbetween said input node and said signal line, said retaining capacitance being connected to said input node, said driving method comprising the steps of: when said sampling transistor operates when selected by said scanning line, samples an input signalfrom said signal line, and retains the input signal in said retaining capacitance, and said drive transistor supplies a driving current to said electrooptic element according to a signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance, whereby displayis made, performing a compensation operation that compensates for a decrease in said driving current that is caused by a secular change of said drive transistor by detecting a decrease in said driving current from a side of said output node, and feedingback a result of detection to a side of said input node, said compensating operation comprising: accumulating charge carried by said driving current for a certain period of time and obtaining a detection potential corresponding to an amount of chargeaccumulated; and obtaining a difference by comparing a magnitude of said input signal with a magnitude of said detection potential and adding a potential corresponding to said difference to said signal potential retained in said retaining capacitance.
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